If you’re on a tight budget, you like to get crafty, or you want to give a unique gift that you can’t find in a store, a homemade gift might be just the thing you need this holiday season. There have been a few occasions over the last few years when I have wanted to do something a little extra special without spending a fortune. I have collected a few ideas to fuel your DIY dreams. I have made almost all of these gifts myself, and I am solidly in the Beginner level of crafting, so you can bet these projects are totally achievable, even for those who are not artistically inclined. Happy crafting!
Chalkboard Wine Glasses
This is a quite classy alternative to red solo cups and magic markers. These were super easy to make with chalkboard spray paint, plastic wrap and tape. The host or hostess in your life will appreciate how these will eliminate confusion over which glass belongs to which guest at their next dinner party or gathering. Gift with a couple of pieces of chalk wrapped in bakers twine. Can be adapted for pint glasses for beer drinkers too. Find the tutorial here.
Grown Up Hot Chocolate Kit
Simply combine hot cocoa powder and miniature marshmallows in a mason jar and add a miniature bottle or two of of Irish cream or coffee liqueur.
Spa in a Jar
I deviated from the instructions a bit to personalize these to the tastes of the recipients, but they were a cinch to make and a hit with my friends and family. I included in my jars: mini manicure kit, nail polish, nail polish remover, body lotion, aromatherapy bubble bath, lip balm, detoxifying face mask, peppermint foot scrub, and a gel eye mask.
The tutorial includes a printable label and has some more great ideas for sample and travel size ingredients for this gift. Find it here.
Bourbon and Whiskey Tasting Kit
I know, I know, again with the jars. I was really into mason jars in 2013 and I was recovering from breaking my right hand and left wrist at the same time, so I was in two arm braces and these were a lot easier to manage than wrapping paper! This one went to my brother in law, who at the time was a loyal Jim Beam drinker and was trying to branch out and try new bourbons and whiskeys. I combined a set of whiskey stones with four or five miniature bottles of liquor in… you guessed it, a mason jar!
I got this idea from Pinterest, where you can find several different versions of the concept. I created 12 different date ideas specific to our interests and the city where we live, printed them up and glued them to index cards with scrapbook paper trim, and stored them all in a recipe card box that I bought at the craft store. If your significant other is the kind of person who likes to invest in experiences rather than physical things, or even if your dates are becoming routine and you want to shake things up, this is a fun gift that you can enjoy together all year long.
Flannel Throw Blankets
I haven’t done this one yet but it’s on my list for this year. It looks super easy and I had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics from the Plaiditudes line at Jo-Ann Fabrics this weekend. I don’t spend a lot of time in craft stores, but I did learn from comments online to look out for this heavier weight double sided plaid flannel and to skip the “snuggle flannel,” quilting flannel and shirting flannel when I got to the store. I have a good feeling about this one! Read the tutorial here.
Check out some more of my favorites on Pinterest, and if you have any more suggestions for DIY, budget and homemade gifts, please leave them in the comments!